Aotea Count­down hopes to get ap­proval soon

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An ap­pli­ca­tion to build a new Count­down su­per­mar­ket in Porirua is ex­pected to be heard by a panel of Porirua City coun­cil­lors in Septem­ber.

Pro­gres­sive En­ter­prises ap­plied ear­lier this year for a pri­vate plan change to clear the way for de­vel­op­ment of a $17 mil­lion su­per­mar­ket at 3 Whit­ford Brown Ave in Aotea.

This was put out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, and about 50 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived by the dead­line of June 13, said coun­cil se­nior pol­icy an­a­lyst Peter Matich.

These were be­ing an­a­lysed and a sum­mary would be put out for fur­ther sub­mis­sions clos­ing midJuly.

A re­port would then be done for a hear­ings panel which was likely to meet in Septem­ber.

Matich said the site ear­marked for the pro­posed 300 square me­tre su­per­mar­ket is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the Aotea Camp Ground. The land was zoned sub­ur­ban and the coun­cil had to de­cide whether to ap­prove the plan change.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion was sub­ject to ap­peal, which could cause a sub­stan­tial de­lay.

Matich be­lieved the most op­ti­mistic out­come, from Pro­gres­sive’s point of view, would re­sult in the plan change be­ing ap­proved by the end of the year.

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